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Boys' Soccer Recent Commitments

July, 26, 2012
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To report a recent commitment, e-mail Sheldon.Shealer@espn.com.

The following players have been added to the ESPNHS verbal commitment lists since Sunday:

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All-Time Winningest Boys' Soccer Coaches

June, 24, 2012
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ESPNHS has compiled the most complete list of boys' soccer coaches with 500-plus boys' soccer victories. This list is current through the 2012 season. Coaches in bold are still active:

845, Terry Michler, Christian Brothers College (St. Louis, Mo.), 1972-2011 [845-214-97]
765, Miller Bugliari, Pingry School (Martinsville, N.J.), 1960-2011 [765-92-48]
747, Gene Chyzowych, Columbia (Maplewood, N.J.), 1964-2011 [747-209-72]
737, Greg Vitello, DeSmet Jesuit (St. Louis, Mo.), 1969-2011 [737-279-131]
717, Vince Drake, Trinity Catholic (St. Louis, Mo.); St. Thomas (Florissant, Mo.), 1968-2011 [717-298-133]
665, Brian Gibney, Shawnee (Medford, N.J.), 1974-2011 [665-138-58]
656, Allen Baker, Klein (Spring, Texas); Ballard (Louisville, Ky.), retired in 2008
655, Paul Rose, Sacramernto Jesuit (Carmichael, Calif.), 1979-2011 [655-95-99]
637, George Todt, Archbishop Ryan (Philadelphia, Pa.), 1969-2011 [637-155-117]
621, Tom Tilson, Riverside Poly (Riverside, Calif.), 1974-2007
617, Tom Breznitsky, Scotch Plains-Fanwood (Scotch Plains, N.J.), 1975-2011 [617-150-52]
617, Phil Savitz, Irmo (Columbia, S.C.), 1981-2012 [617-74-5]
616, Don Brock, Needham (Needham, Mass.), 1961, 1967-2009 [616-165-108]
610, Joe Falana, Haddonfield (Haddonfield, N.J.), 1986-2011 [610-132-61]
604, Charlie Engle, Mount Markham (West Winfield, N.Y., 1969-2011); Leonardsville Central (Leonardsville, N.Y., 1968), 1968-2011 [604-193-40]
602, Foster Cass, Barnstable (Barnstable, Mass., 2006-2008); Pembroke (Pembroke, Mass., 2004-2005); Duxbury (Duxbury, Mass., 1969-2001), 1969-2001, 2004-2008 [602-88-54]
601, Rod Petkovic, Millikan (Long Beach, Calif.), 1982-2012 [601-115-96]
592, Ebbie Dunn, St. Louis University High (St. Louis, Mo.), 1955-1992 [592-197-104]
585, Larry McCorkle, Lake Mary (Lake Mary, Fla., 1982-83 through 2004-05); Bishop Moore (Orlando, Fla., 1978-79 through 1981-82); Seminole (Sanford, Fla., 1974-75 through 1977-78), 1974-2005 [585-177-56]
576, Leonard Emmons, Masconomet Regional (Masconomet, Mass.), 1972-2010 [576-101-70]
571, Bob Horgan, Christian Brothers College (St. Louis, Mo.), 1955-1982 [571-93-46]
571, Larry Peppers, Hinckley-Big Rock (Hinckley, Ill.), 1976-2007 [571-155-42]
566, Don Hartley, Red Creek Central (Red Creek, N.Y.), 1959-1991 and 2001-2008 [566-126-75]
559, Dan Gillespie, Maple Hill (Maple Hill, N.Y.), 1974, 1976-2011 [559-150-24]
557, Gary Schneck, Naples (Naples, N.Y.), 1969-2011 [557-211-63]
553, Gary Montalto, Cape Henlopen (Lewes, Del., 2011, 11-3-2); Arlington (LaGrangeville, N.Y., 1979-2009, 542-83-43), 1979-2009, 2011 [553-86-45]
547, John Millar, Kearny (Kearny, N.J.), 1975-2006 [547-86-19]
536, Bruno Schwarz, North Allegheny (Wexford, Pa.), 1968-2005 [536-202-53]
534, Mike Campisi, Shenendehowa (Clifton Park, N.Y.), 1980-2011 [534-91-60]
532, Bob Spielmann, Marquette University (Milwaukee, Wis.), 1979-2005 [532-73-40]
526, Gene Baker, Riverview Gardens (St. Louis, Mo.), 1968-1996 [526-120-50]
519, Rick Jacobs, St. Benedict's Prep (Newark, N.J.), 1985-2009 [519-27-13]
518, Francisco Nuno, Porterville (Porterville, Calif.), 1977-2006 [518-133-66]
512, Ray Buss, Fleetwood (Fleetwood, Pa.), 1983-2005 [512-99-48]
510, Vernon Rice, Lancaster Mennonite (Lancaster, Pa.), 1972-2007
509, Alan King, Palos Verdes Peninsula (Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.), 1976-2003 [509-137-97]
509, Robert Muir, Mattituck (Mattituck, N.Y.), 1937-1975 [509-62-33]
508, Charlie DeLong, Jesuit College Prep (Dallas, Texas), 1980(81)-2012 [508-51-22]
500, Bruce Reichman, Del Valle (El Paso, Texas), 1988-2012 [500-141-10]

Spring boys' soccer state rankings, Final

June, 17, 2012
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The ESPNHS spring state rankings were released every Monday throughout the spring season. The final POWERADE FAB 50 ranking appears on Tuesday.

NOTES: The spring season includes the following states: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Georgia, Iowa, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Wyoming. The number of ranking positions for each state is based on the size and competitiveness of the state.

Rankings reflect matches played through June 16 -- FINAL.

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US Youth Soccer Region IV tourney preview

June, 15, 2012
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Region IV covers more ground than any other region, stretching from New Mexico to Montana, from Colorado to Hawaii. Next week, more than 200 teams from across the west meet in Phoenix for the US Youth Soccer Region IV Championships.

The Championships begin with group play on Monday, June 18, and continue with the knockout stages concluding on Saturday, June 23.

The tournament includes a number of interesting story lines, from an up-and-coming California club looking for its first title, to an experienced Idaho club looking to prove themselves on a national stage. This preview also highlights a handful of National Team players, a young rivalry in the Southwest, and a team looking to defend last year’s National Championship.

ESPNHS takes a look at some of this week’s top stories, top teams, and top players heading into the championships: Under-15s | Under-16s | Under-17s | Under-18s
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Region IV U18s: Rush, Sereno may battle

June, 15, 2012
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Last year, New Mexico Rush Nike beat Sereno 2-1 in the semifinals and went on to win Region IV. The year before that, Sereno had the upper hand, winning the semifinal match 1-0 over their New Mexico counterparts. And this year, both teams know that the other could be waiting in the knockout rounds.

“It’s been a great rivalry,” says Sereno coach Dave Robertson. “When both teams are at full strength, there’s no telling what might happen.”

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Region IV U17s: Albion, Eastside aim high

June, 15, 2012
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One of the best rivalries in all of youth soccer is between two teams that are over 1,000 miles away. Albion SC out of San Diego and Eastside FC out of eastern Washington know each other very well and they both have resumes full of accomplishments. In next week’s US Youth Soccer Region IV Championships, the two squads sit in the same group, and are undoubtedly two favorites to take home the crown.

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Region IV U16s: Scottsdale targets a title

June, 15, 2012
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The Scottsdale Blackhawks know the phrase “close but no cigar.” They know it all too well. Last year, the Blackhawks were one win away from winning the National League and earning a berth in the US Youth Soccer National Championships, but they dropped the final game of the season to FC Dallas and fell to third. Then, in the Region IV tournament, after a dominating group performance, it lost to La Roca Premier in the quarterfinals.

But this year, coach Adam Burke says they weren’t going to let that happen again.

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Region IV U15s: Fullerton Rangers favored

June, 15, 2012
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As defending Regional and National Champions, the Fullerton Rangers know that everyone is watching them. They know they’re the team to beat, they know that expectations are high, and they know they’re defending a title.

“But by no means to we feel like we’re favorites,” says coach Jimmy Obleda.

Fullerton won last year’s Region IV crown after going a perfect 6-0, scoring 22 goals and allowing just three. Then at nationals, they scored 10 goals in four games and didn’t allow a single point against them. Needless to say, the expectations are high this year.

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US Youth Soccer Region III tourney preview

June, 13, 2012
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Region III spreads from North Carolina to Texas, and this week more than 200 of the region’s best teams converge in Greenville, S.C., for the US Youth Soccer Region III Championships.

The Championships begin with group play on Friday, June 15, and continue with the knockout stages concluding Wednesday, June 20.

This weekend’s story lines include returning champs with impeccable rosters, last year’s finalists who are trying to get over the hump, and teams from Louisiana, Arkansas and Alabama trying to prove their state has what it takes to win a regional title. The preview also highlights a brewing Carolina rivalry, a down-to-earth Tennessee squad and even a possible “group of death.”

ESPNHS takes a look at some of this week’s top stories, top teams and top players heading into the championships: Under-15s | Under-16s | Under-17s | Under-18s
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Region III U15s: Defense sparks Concorde

June, 13, 2012
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Everyone’s heard the old adage: defense wins championships. If the old adage is true, Concorde Fire seems to be a good bet for the Under-15 age group of this weekend’s US Youth Soccer Region III Championships.

The Atlanta area squad made it to the semifinals of last year’s regional, winning four games by scores of 1-0, 2-1, 1-0 and 1-0. The then held eventual champion Dallas Texans to a scoreless draw in regulation in the semifinals, before losing in the second overtime frame.

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Region III U16s: Carolina clubs aim for title

June, 13, 2012
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One is from North Carolina, one is from South Carolina. One is a brand new club, the other just won their fourth consecutive state cup. One is highlighted by national team players, the other boasts a balanced attack with no one sparkplug.

One is NC Alliance, the North Carolina State Cup champions who were born out of a partial merger between Triangle FC and Fuquay Varina Athletic Association (FVAA). The other is CESA, the South Carolina State Cup champions who are well-known in the soccer world and in this age group after three straight regional appearances.

And both have a chance to make waves at this week’s US Youth Soccer Region III Championships.

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Region III U17s: Group C loaded with talent

June, 13, 2012
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Tampa Bay United Premier coach Scotty Moniz wasted no time voicing his thoughts on his team’s grouping for the 2012 US Youth Soccer Region III Championships: “It’s the group of death.”

“You’ve got the state champion from Texas, the state champion from Oklahoma, and the state champion from South Carolina. There’s not going to be an easy game anywhere in there.”

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Region III U18s: Florida Rush out to repeat

June, 13, 2012
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In the changing landscape of Florida club soccer, one thing remains constant: this Florida Rush Nike squad is a national competitor. The team that won last year’s Region III Championship also won this year’s Region III East Premier League, and heads into Greensville, S.C., looking to defend its regional crown.

“The thing that really sets us apart is our cohesiveness and our chemistry as a team,” says coach Nate Omodt. “We’ve got a bunch of kids who are really dedicated to each other and really committed to winning.”

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Bays find intensity, offense to extend streak

June, 13, 2012
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RELATED LINKS: Weekly Scoring Leaders | Weekend Recap

Goalkeeper Andrew Harris was not used to being in this position.

Just 15 minutes into Sunday's game against NJSA, his under-17/18 Baltimore Bays Chelsea trailed 2-0 against the fifth place squad in East Conference of the Mid-Atlantic Division.

On the line was the Bays unbeaten streak of 19 games, in addition to the team's collective sense of pride.

"We're really never thinking about the streak when we're playing, but we're always thinking about what we stand for as a club and that's what we've always stood for, which is that we never go down without a fight," said Harris, who is headed for Wake Forest.

"So, I guess, in that game on Sunday, and in all of our games in general, we play with that mentality that we're the best out there, and that everyone is going to give us their best game."

The Bays did the same, scoring the next four goals on the way to a come-from-behind 4-3 victory that improved its division-leading mark to 9-0-1 and its overall record to 19-4-2.

Michael Gamble, Tanner Vosvick, Romillio Hernandez and Ishmaiah Calwrie scored for the Bays.

Their contributions and the squad's general intensity was the difference for the Bays, whose unbeaten streak improved to 18-0-2 with 14 shutouts.

"I give our team a tremendous amount of credit for coming back the way that we did, but it's more about the mentality that we bring to the game," said Harris, a graduate of Gilman School in Baltimore, which was runner-up in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference.

"It's the mindset that has been with most of us. This just showed that we're a team with a lot of offensive firepower, and when we're clicking on all cylinders, we can be extremely dangerous."

Forwards Yaw Aminkwa leads the Bays with 10 goals followed by Gamble with nine and six each from Calwrie, Richard Greensfelder, Malcolm Harris and Christian Morales.

"We ask every player to be defensively responsible. We like to press the game high up the field. Offensively, we try to play a good, passing style," said coach Anthony Adams. "But want to be able to score goals a number of different ways, whether it’s a build up, quick counter, free kick, etc. This makes us unpredictable for the opposition as exemplified with 14 different goal scorers so far this year."

With games remaining against FC Delco and PA Classics, the Bays already have secured the top spot in the Mid-Atlantic Division.

"We're pushing to keep momentum and maintain a top eight seed for the 32-team playoff in Dallas," said Adams, referring to the June 24-29 tournament in Frisco, Texas.

The winners of each of the eight groups from Frisco will qualify for the final eight in Houston in mid-July.

Development Academy recap, June 9-10

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RELATED LINKS: Weekly Scoring Leaders | Bays extend undefeated streak to 20 matches

Highlights from this past weekend's action around the US Soccer Development Academy:

Under-15/16s

East Conference

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